Center for Mental Health and Wellness

Providing comprehensive, integrative, holistic, & evidence-based outpatient mental health assessments and therapy, equine assisted therapy, psychiatric and medical services, and nutritional and physical services for children, teenagers, adults, college students, and families in San Diego, CA.

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Azmaira Maker, Ph.D. Top Psychologist, San Diego, 2017

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Meet Dr. Azmaira Maker, Ph.D.

Aspiring Families is a premier mental health treatment center in San Diego (Del Mar/Carmel Valley) founded by Azmaira Maker, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with over twenty years of expertise. Dr. Maker completed her training at University of Michigan in the dual Child/Family and Adult programs, and a specialized fellowship at the University of Michigan Law School. Dr.Maker is the author of two multi-award winning books.

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As a colleague, I have known Dr. Agha for several years and am continually impressed by the exceptional quality of care he provides his patients. As an expert clinical researcher and internal medicine specialist, Dr. Agha is well able to work with complex medical presentations for adults and seniors. He also provides excellent collaboration with other specialists and primary physicians. I would highly recommend Dr. Agha to any patient, colleague, or family member.

“Dr. Naecker was extremely kind, interested, and never once made me feel like just another client she had to deal with. I’m very grateful for her help.”

“Emily is a compassionately skilled clinician with a remarkable talent for connecting with people and helping them overcome their most difficult situations. As a result of her empathetic strength and graceful poise, she readily earned my respect, and has proven her ability to stand head-and-shoulders above other counselors.”

“I have had the great honor of calling Dr. Maker a colleague for more than five years. During this time, we have had many opportunities to collaborate on care and have been consistently impressed with her thoughtfulness, intelligence, and her impeccable follow through as a clinician. Both our shared patients and my referred patients have been empowered to adapt to challenges, effect positive change, and thrive under her expert guidance. Dr. Maker’s passion for working with children, adolescents, and families is reflected not only in her practice, but also in her commitment to providing much-needed therapeutic resources to the greater community through her consultations, workshops, and books. I would not hesitate to refer patients or loved ones to Dr. Maker.”

“Dr. Naecker’s presence and empathy has been such a source of comfort in group. She is a deeply compassionate…and it is clearly evident to me not only what a good therapist she is, but also an amazing, gifted, compassionate, altruistic, and deeply empathetic person. I appreciate the strong power of her observation and awareness.”

“Dr. Maker is a true gem.  If you are able to work with her count yourself as lucky.  She is brilliant, kind, caring, respectful and thoughtful. She hones in on what’s at the core of your issues and, with great empathy, helps you identify the best tools and support needed to navigate through what may be troubling times.  She has been a true gift and has helped me be a better version of myself everyday.”

“Dr. Agha has been highly knowledgeable, thoughtful, and available in providing me with expert consultation care on multiple health issues. He always collaborates with the other medical professionals involved, and provides me with comprehensive recommendations and referrals.” KZ

“Dr. Naecker has a calming, comforting presence, but never belittling or pitying. She is relatable but still conveys the feeling that the therapy room is a safe and secure space. Her insights are keen but gentle, and I have felt inspired by her to exercise and nudge myself forward to develop myself emotionally – a positive effort that would seem daunting but in practice was helped by her quiet stability and support.”

“Dr. Maker completely changed my life-path. She truly saved my life and enabled me to grow as a person and cope with multiple stressors and traumas. She dedicated herself to my family and I for many years, and has helped me develop the tools I needed to navigate difficult times and build meaningful and lasting relationships. With her kind, consistent, and trustworthy care and expertise, I am now a healthy, happy, and successful individual.”

“While many therapists are good at tackling behaviors and their associated emotions, our experience has been that unless you identify and effectively address the core issue, you will forever be trying to just cope – be it self-harm, depression, eating disorder, addiction – all of which have affected our family. Dr. Maker is a master at working efficiently to identify and effectively address a client’s core issue. She does this with the utmost compassion and respect of her clients and their families, resulting in a strong relationship of trust, which is critical in any therapist/client relationship. Since most situations involve the entire family, she knows when and how to appropriately engage other members of the family in a way that doesn’t threaten her relationship with the primary client, resulting in a more positive and supportive outcome for the client and the family. It is impossible to put in a few lines the incredible impact Dr. Maker has had on the growth and health of our entire family as a result of her work with our child.”

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Areas of Focus

With over 20 years of experience, we specialize in depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, loss and grief, trauma, substance use, eating disorders, academic, behavioral, and developmental difficulties, ADHD, divorce, chronic pain, and health issues.

We offer comprehensive state-of-the-art standardized diagnostic, developmental, psychological, and educational testing for children, teens, college students, and adults in San Diego.

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Expert Team

Expert Team

Dr. Maker completed her Ph.D. from University of Michigan in the dual Child/Family and Adult programs. Dr.Maker has an expert team of psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, physicians, nutritionists, and personal trainers from Harvard School of Education, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Univ. of San Diego who collaborate closely with you to provide you individualized, comprehensive, and exceptional care.

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In The News

Dr. Maker has served as an expert consultant, clinician, presenter, and author across the country. She has been featured in and contributed to multiple national organizations and media channels.

  • San Diego Union Tribune
  • Psychology Today
  • Chicago Tribune
  • CBS Radio
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Indie Book Award Winner

Aspiring Families Books, Resources, and Blog

Dr. Maker is the author of two multi-award winning books on divorce and death. Aspiring Families is dedicated to educate, support, and empower families to thrive. The resources we provide for the community focus on theory driven, clinically founded, and research based resources.


We recognize that your well-being and your family’s well-being is of the utmost importance and that you may need assistance sooner rather than later. Hence, we provide concierge level services to all our clients that includes:

  • Your calls are returned within 24 hours.
  • You can schedule an appointment within 1-2 weeks.
  • Referrals and follow-ups are made within the week.
  • Collaboration with pediatricians, schools, physicians, psychiatrists, and other professionals occurs within a week.
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